Monday, May 28, 2007

Baclayon Church

"The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is one of the best presevered Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church." full article This is the scale model of Baclayon Church. The building with the bell tower on the left is the church. The right buildings houses the musem and the convent.This is the inside of the church facing the altar. This is the inside of the church facing the entrance/exit. "Next to the church is the old convent, which also houses a small museum with centuries-old religious relics, artifacts and other antiquities, dating back to the 16th century. Included in the collection are an ivory statue of the crucified Christ looking towards heaven; a statue of the Blessed Virgin, said to be presented by Queen Catherine of Aragon; relics of St. Ignatius of Loyola, old gold embroidered ecclesiastical vestments, books with carabao skin covers, and librettos of church music written in Latin on sheep skins. Here you can also find the cuadro paintings made by the Filipino painter Liberato Gatchalian in 1859." full article According to this, Baclayon Church is the oldest Coral stone church in the region. Next to the museum is a high school. Picture of the bell tower of the Church. Gilbert is the guy wearing the greenshirt on the left. He's our local tour guide from Bohol.

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